America’s 10 Worst Prisons

Bookmark for later reading

America's 10 Worst Prisons.


Agree or disagree?

Saw the below quote in an Amazon review:

Some entertainments are race cars; some are watches. All stories are wheels. In a plot driven entertainment, the wheels hit the road spinning as fast as they can to get you from point A to point B. (The fastest plots, like formula ones, drive you in a circle to the starting line.) In a clockwork entertainment, there are wheels within wheels: the stories interlock like the gears of a clock, and the point is to tell you what time it is now. This is the difference between, for instance, “Law and Order” and “The Wire.”

Novels with short chapters

With my re-read of Zeroville I was also thinking about books with short chapters. Zeroville (426 chapters/329 pages), Savages by Don Winslow (290 chapters/336 pages), and Two Trains Running by Andrew Vachss all come to mind.

What other novels with short chapters are there?

Novels for film buffs

The other night I fell into a re-read of Zeroville by Steve Erickson (I blame those damn small chapters). It really is a novel for film buffs, or at least it helps to be one to fully appreciate a lot of the details in the book. So I started thinking about other novels for film buffs. I was only able to come up with a couple.

Zeroville by Steve Erickson
Flicker by Theodore Roszak
Arthouse by Jeffrey DeShell

This was an off the top of my head list. What other novels for film buffs are there?

The KKK as fools in film over the years

Quentin Tarantino said this about the “bag head” scene in Django Unchained:

So we did the charge, so fun to shoot, it was my “fuck you” to D.W. Griifith.

And here part of that scene:

Django Unchained (2012)

What strikes me about the quote is that the scene seems to be more influenced by other cinematic comedic treatments of the KKK rather than a response to The Birth of a Nation.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Fletch Lives

Blazing Saddles

Harold and Kumar